Ok, this is not my idea alone, but a great one to share.
I have been wanting different drapes, I no longer love these dark brown drapes in the family room. Yes, they are lined and help keep out the cold, but, the dark brown is too dark and heavy. So, with permission to look for new ones I went out on the hunt. Drapes are NOT cheap. Even the so called "cheap" ones are $20+ a panel. I need at least six just for the family room. Yup, do the math.
So, I remembered advice from Miss Mustard Seed and others....dropcloths. Yes, you read right. Dropcloths.
So, while I was out I went to Lowe's and bought the dropcloths. Now, the price has gone up a bit (what hasn't?), but still at $10 and a bit of sewing it is a steal!
Even if you didn't want to sew and just used clips, it would be fabulous!
I wanted a similar look to what I had, just softer and lighter. We tested one for several days to see if too much cold gets in through the windows. It wasn't significant.
If you did not know it was a dropcloth, it looks all the world like some expensive fabric...seriously. Which why so many bloggers are using them for upholstery and drapes!
The catch you ask? You need to wash them....in my case twice and use a fabric sheet in the dryer. And, I am sewing them. But, they are already finished on the sides so all I have to do is measure and stitch a rod pocket!
Not bad on the pocket book!
What did the other drapes look like?? Well, I haven't finished making the rest, so here they are....
I will post again with the final finish when I am done....
These drapes are about 8 years old and have held up well, but it is time for a change....
Have a great day, I am off to the Farmer's Market....